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47,975 Terrorists Surrender To Troops - DHQ
According to the Defence Headquarters, 47,975 terrorists and their families have surrendered to forces of Operation Hadin Kai in the North-East since September of last year. Major-General Bernard Onyeuko, Director, Defence Media Operations, disclosed this while giving an update on military operations between March 10 and March 24 in Abuja, saying the military's achievements during the period included the killing of 17 terrorists, the arrest of 35, the recovery of 34 AK-47 rifles, five dane guns, and nine locally made guns. He also stated that the army discovered 270 rusty cows, three motorbikes, and 13 bicycles used by the terrorists for transportation.
According to him, although 7,000 Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram insurgents from various areas surrendered in the recent two weeks, forces also rescued 27 civilians.
"The surrendered terrorists have been profiled," he added, adding that "rescued people and confiscated objects have been turned over to competent authorities for future action."
Onyeuko stated that the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji carried out air interdiction on March 14 in Unguwar Adam village in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State, killing more than 27 bandits. He stated that the air attack was in response to an intelligence report about more than 50 terrorists assembling for a meeting with their main commanders and leaders. He went on to say that one Malam Sule, the brother of famed bandit Lalbi Ginshima, was among those slain in the air attack, which he described as a big setback for the gang.
According to the Defence spokesperson, dozens of terrorists were also killed in another air interdiction carried out against a terrorist stronghold in Magaba, Kaduna State, and those escaping were pursued and cleaned up by ground troops. During the period, the forces also neutralised eight bandits, detained seven, rescued 56 victims, and collected rifles and other equipment, according to him.
During Operation Safe Haven, Onyeuko stated that the forces recovered many stolen railway sleepers, three vehicles, one J5 bus, and two AK47 rifles with additional magazines. He also stated that the military rescued three civilian victims, neutralized two bandits, and captured 19 others, all of whom he said were turned over to relevant authorities for future action. During Operation Whirl Stroke, Onyeuko stated that forces killed ten bandits, detained five, and collected cars and other sorts of weaponry.
According to him, forces have continued to conduct operations against terrorists, bandits, and other state foes, and have remained dedicated to all operational engagements. "While the security situation in certain sites remained tranquil and serene," he stated, "some other localities reported some occurrences over the period."
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